7 Effective Ways to Respond to Crisis in the Catholic Church

Crisis, accusation, and the revelation of sin has left a wake of sorrow and devastation in the Catholic Church over the last few weeks. Bill Donaghy and Christopher West have collaborated to write a short resource to guide us through these times. This resource intends not to fix the problems in the Church today, but rather forms a path ahead for believers who are a mixture of righteous anger, frustration, horror and hope for justice…

Homily for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

I had a conversation with this non-Catholic young man from a local Catholic High School. The young man said to me “I know you Catholics believe Jesus is your happiness, but I’m happy doing many of the things Jesus would not approve of. I don’t understand why I should believe in Him.” He continued, “I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t seek to be rich and lie and cheat if I have to in…

Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Today’s readings reflect that echo in the heart of every man—the echo that manifests God, the God that is Love: the God Who calls us to participate of his intimate life. This echo is a longing that has been with us since the creation of the first man. St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his Sermons on the Song of Songs, distinguishes different moments [throughout salvation history] in this ardent longing—which is a longing for the…

How Do We Fix This?

“… Through some mysterious crack… the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God. There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest, dissatisfaction, confrontation. The Church is no longer trusted.” – Blessed Paul VI, June 1972 I’m sure many of you reading this article have had wonderful experiences with the Church and Her good sons, just as I have. You may have a wonderful pastor, a trusted confessor, or are friends with a good priest or…

Homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Once George Weigel was asked which books have had the biggest effect on his thinking. One book he mentioned was The Sources of Christian Ethics by Fr Servais Pinckaers, O.P. He then went on to explain why it was such an important book for him: because it roots the Christian life not in a series of rules to be kept (or broken or minimized or explained away), but in the invitation from God to beatitude,…

Homily for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

We welcome today’s invitation, “Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed!” (Prov 9:5). Then, just as we are ready to dive in, St. Paul seems to slap our reaching hand and admonishes, “Do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery” (Eph 5:18). We are conflicted because we are hungry and thirsty and sometimes desperately so. What are we to do? First, the first reading refers to Wisdom’s…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Prophecy #4

PART 5 OF 5 This is part five of a five part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. View the rest of the series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5 Today, we look at the fourth warning found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to and wide scale acceptance of contraception would give…

Homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

The Missionaries of Charity, the community founded by Saint Theresa of Calcutta, now serve in over 130 countries with more than 4,500 sisters ministering to the poor.  Most of them have learned multiple languages and skills in order to serve the needs of those they “meet in the street” on a daily basis.  In all of their chapels throughout the world two words are inscribed next to the crucifix of Our Lord: “I thirst.”  These…

Homily for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Of the many metaphors, images, forms, and figures used by Jesus to explain the Kingdom of God and His role relative to this world and that which is to come, it is the image of the Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:14) that is, perhaps, most familiar to the Christian world.  As a common fixture in the ancient world, the shepherd and his role relative to his flock were well known to the contemporaries of Christ.  It…

Virgin, Spouse, and Mother

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the day that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin. In 1854, with the Bull Ineffabilis, Pope Pius IX solemnly proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: “…We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which asserts that the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in…